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Coronavirus Updates

April 9, 2020

Dear Northern Lebanon Families,

I hope this message finds you well. As you are aware, last week, we began engaging students in online learning.  Most of our students logged on to Schoology or SeeSaw and had opportunities to connect with their teachers.  While this has certainly been a new experience for everyone, I am proud of the resilience of our students, teachers, and staff these past two weeks.  

Now that Governor Wolf has extended the school closure until the end of the year, we have made preparations to educate our students virtually for the fourth quarter.  Beginning Tuesday, April 14, teachers will be increasing their time with students and begin grading assignments.  Specific information on grading, schedules, and more will be sent out by administrators later today.  Also, the website is being updated with details for both secondary and elementary levels which will remain on the website for your reference as long as schools are closed. 

At this time, we have been able to connect with over 90% of our students and we are currently working to reach the remaining ones.  The technology team continues to work to provide devices and resolve technical issues for families.  If you are having these difficulties, please use the parent portal to report problems when they arise (https://sites.google.com/norleb.k12.pa.us/tech4parents/home).

The instruction for the remainder of the year will focus on the remaining skills that are deemed most important by teachers.  Students will be graded, but we believe we have adopted a grading system that will provide feedback while being fair to students.  One question that I am sure many students have is about next year.  I am happy to communicate to you that as long as a student was on pace to progress to the next grade-level when schools were closed, he/she will continue on that path.  For students that were not passing at the time school closed, this opportunity may enable you to correct that.

Finally, we fully understand that some students may put be putting in a great deal of effort and there could be other obstacles that are preventing them from a successful online learning experience.  We want to be flexible in situations where asking students to engage in online learning is too much.  If that is the case, please reach out to your building principal.  

Thank you for your continued involvement with your child's education.  I look forward to the time when I see students and staff in hallways rather than virtually.  Until then, stay safe.  

With Viking Pride,

Gary Messinger
Superintendent
 
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